Sunday, October 24, 2010

In your name I will lift up my hands

O God, you are my God;
 earnestly I seek you; 
my soul thirsts for you;
 my flesh faints for you,
 as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, 
beholding your power and glory. 
Because your steadfast love is better than life, 
my lips will praise you. 
So I will bless you as long as I live; 
in your name I will lift up my hands. 
Psalm 63:1-4

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Calvin on the power of music

Excerpt to John Calvin's Preface to the Psalter.

"Moreover, in speaking now of music, 
I understand two parts; namely the letter
or the subject and matter; 
secondly, the song, or the melody. 
It is true that every bad word (as St. Paul has said) 
perverts good manner, 
but when the melody is with it, 
it pierces the heart much more strongly, 
and enters into it; in a like manner as through a funnel, 
the wine is poured into the vessel; 
so also the venom and corruption is 
distilled to the depths of the heart by the melody."